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S: Domestic Violence

BC: Bibliography Bragg, H. L. (2003). Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence. Retrieved from Child Welfare Information Gateway: Leon-Guerrero, A. (2011). Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

FC: Elaine Demke | Domestic Abuse | Date Unknown; | Date unknown;

1: Domestic violence is a "pattern of coercive and assaultive behaviors that include physical, sexual, verbal, and psychological attacks and economic coercion that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partner" (Bragg, 2003). | Domestic violence does not discriminate against age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. | date unknown;

2: Domestic violence does not discriminate against age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation | Domestic violence is more prevalent with women in comparison to men. Eighty-five to ninety percent of domestic violence victims are female. “Females experience the greatest assault rate (21.3 per 1000 females) between the ages of 20 and 24. This is eight times the peak rate for males (3 per 1000 males ages 25 to 34)”. (Bragg, 2003) | In comparison to female victims, males are significantly more likely to be abused by an acquaintance or stranger rather than intimates or relatives | Date unknown;

3: Society typically thinks of domestic violence only as women being abused by men. Society became more aware that domestic violence also happens against men after Music Television (MTV) aired episodes of Teen Mom in which Amber Portwood continually physically and verbally abused her boyfriend, Gary Shirely | 2010;

4: Pop culture stars Rihanna (Robyn Fenty) and Chris Brown also brought domestic violence to light due to their high profile. Recently Chris Brown has been criticized for getting a tattoo similar to Rihannas battered face. This could be considered as a trophy. It sends a negative message that encourages and makes it acceptable for young men to abuse women. | 2012;

5: There is not a specific cause for domestic violence. Cultural, social, economic, and psychological factors are thought to contribute to domestic violence. Abusive and violent behaviors can be learned through: childhood observations of domestic violence, one's experience of victimization, exposure to community, school, or peer group violence, violent movies, violent videogames. (Bragg, 2003) | Date unknown;

6: Domestic abuse is typically used to have power and control over an individual. The individual is not always a person with whom they are in an intimate relationship. Victims of domestic violence are not easily recognized. Typically they are not covered in marks or bruises. Victims learn to conceal marks and bruises to avoid detection, suspicion, and shame. Victims have trouble leaving an violent relationship due to fear, financial dependence, emotional and physical impairment, and shame. | Date unknown; | Date Unknown;

7: Perpetrators come from all types of backgrounds. They can be from any age range, sex, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, occupation, education, and religious group. Perpetrators also vary in types of abuse and levels of dangerousness. Research suggests that Psychopathology, substance abuse, poverty, cultural factors, anger, stress, and depression can affect the severity, frequency, and the nature of the abusive behavior. (Bragg, 2003) | date unkown; Luomon;

8: Those who follow the Feminist perspective believe that domestic violence is due to gender. Feminist believe men use domestic violence is a way to maintain dominance and control over women. Countries with high violence and low empowerment of women not only have higher rates of domestic abuse, but the severity of the abuse is increased. Feminists also believe that domestic violence particularly against women is also due to male dominance in society. Men's dominant roles in political, economic, and family help maintain their positions of power. (Leon-Guerrero, 2011) | date unknown; | Date unknown;

9: Domestic abuse could be reduced or even eliminated with advocacy, support, and education. People need to be made more aware of the signs of domestic abuse. They also need to know how to properly help those who are experiencing domestic abuse. If people are more aware of this information then they will be more apt to helping stop and prevent domestic abuse. It is also necessary for children to be educated early on about what is the wrong and right way to treat another human being. The children should also be taught on what they should do if they are in an abusive environment. It is also important that young girls are supported and taught about self-confidence. If we can instill these values in the young then we can possibly remove domestic abuse from the future. (Leon-Guerrero, 2011) | Date unknown; | date unknown;

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